Ducks lose Kevin Bieksa for Game 2 but could get back Sami Vatanen – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – Injuries continue to change the look and shape of the Ducks’ defense corps, with one regular not playing Game 2 of their best-of-7 second-round series against Edmonton and another potentially coming back in.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle ruled out Kevin Bieksa for Friday night’s contest. Bieksa left the game for good in the second period of Game 1 with an unspecified lower-body injury. The veteran missed only one game during the regular season but appeared to suffer a leg ailment when he collided with teammate Shea Theodore as they were defending in the first period.

Carlyle said Bieksa could return “late in the series” but that dose of bad news was offset by the possibility of Sami Vatanen making his first appearance since Game 1 of the opening round against Calgary. Vatanen has been dealing with an upper-body injury.

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